Wlady Pleszczynski

Wlady Pleszczynski is editorial director of The American Spectator and editor of AmSpec Online. His tenure at the Spectator dates back to August 1980. A native of Santa Barbara, California, he (and his wife Joanna) have two sons, two cats, and a famous dog.

His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Slate, the Weekly Standard, the Women’s Quarterly, and the Times Literary Supplement. He was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 2001-2002. He is also the editor of Our Brave New World: Essays on the Impact of September 11 (Hoover Institution Press, 2002).


Having a Nice Day?


Can’t say that Barack Obama had a nice day today — he has rarely looked more ogreish and unpresidential than during his attack shortly after noon on Donald Trump and those who dare speak of radical Islam and double dare him to utter those words that will continue to go unspoken, at least by him. […]

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How Did Megyn Kelly Present Herself?


Darn, I missed Megyn Kelly’s Trump Towers sit-down with Donald Trump. But judging from Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever’s instant analysis, she didn’t exactly clinch an Emmy or even a Polk: Neither groundbreaking nor especially informative, “Megyn Kelly Presents” hoped to fill the void left behind by decades of similar newsmaker-interview shows from ABC’s Barbara […]

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Harvard’s Attack On Students’ Freedom Of Association


As Harvard University declares war on all-male clubs, we draw your attention to a press release denouncing what can only be described as a brazen attack on students’ freedom of association — a frightening example of political correctness turning ugly, intolerant, and abusive. The press release was issued by three of five “Free Harvard/Fair Harvard” […]

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Characteristic Kasich


In characteristic fashion, John Kasich has suspended his campaign, which saw him in fourth place running among three active candidates. What’s worse, we’ll never hear Trump say the nice things about him that he said about Ted Cruz after Cruz’s withdrawal last night. There are those who think Kasich will still make a good veep […]

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Rand Paul’s Bubble Popped


Almost two years ago our Jed Babbin asked regarding Ron Paul: “The GOP nominee?” His answer: “Fat chance.” And it wasn’t only on foreign policy grounds. In the presidential sweepstakes, libertarianism at its finest has its limitations. Jed’s explanation is worth revisiting, now that Paul has withdrawn from presidential contention. Read it here.

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Chancellor Schmidt in His Final Months


Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt died this week at age 96. In the late spring of 1982, several months before his ouster, his party’s think tank invited a host of U.S. journalists to Bonn and Berlin in an effort to reassure Americans that Schmidt remained strong and true and the NATO alliance secure. Meetings with […]

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George Will in High Dudgeon


Not surprisingly, George Will can’t stand Donald Trump. In his latest column he lets him have it but good, calling for Trump’s excommunication along the lines of William Buckley and National Review’s “excoriation” of the John Birch Society in 1962. Today that would mean getting the Republican National Committee to exclude from all Republican debates […]

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Mr. Perfect


This column appeared in the March 2008 issue of The American Spectator. A few days before last month’s Giants-Patriots Super Bowl, Rush Limbaugh’s football pal “Hutch” told a not so funny joke on Rush’s show. Seems three top quarterbacks dropped in on God. He asked them, “What do you believe?” Peyton Manning and Brett Favre […]

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The Defiant Ones


We thought we had some breaking news. Shortly after the calamitous November 4 elections, the Washington Post quoted a top aide as telling a key Washington-based leader, “I said you need to accept blame. You need to be accountable for your actions. You need to be responsible. And he said, ‘You know what, I understand […]

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Will Soccer Conquer the U.S.?


Football vs. Fútbol—No Contest in El Norte By Larry Thornberry It’s never as bad an experience, and I don’t have to assume an undignified position. But the quadrennial World Cup has this in common with my annual exam by my urologist: at some point I’m sure to ask, “Good grief, isn’t this over yet?” It’s […]

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